Dedicate Your Film to the Environment, Get $15,000

The Redford Center gives new meaning to the term "greenlight" with it's latest grant opportunity.

If you've got a film that's focused on highlighting environmental issues, look no further than The Redford Center for a shot at funding. Backed by The New York Community Trust, The Redford Center Grants pilot program will support feature-length film projects in early development that are focused on driving awareness, education and tangible action on a variety of environmental topics. And yes, we're talking about that Redford.


There's a pretty sweet prize package for those films selected. Five filmmaking teams will be chosen to participate in the pilot program, in which each team will receive:

  • A $15,000 development grant to produce a written film treatment and a short proof-of-concept film over a 3-month timeframe
  • Mentorship from issue experts and industry leaders to refine project narratives and impact goals
  • A GoPro Hero 4 Black camera to support filmmaking
  • Film distribution as part of The Redford Center Grants programs’ series of shorts
  • A travel and lodging grant to attend a Story Development Summit at the Sundance Mountain Resort
  • An opportunity to be considered for co-production with The Redford Center, and/or to receive an additional production grant

You can read the regulations here, and applications will be accepted until 5:00 PM PDT on Wednesday, August 10, 2016. As if this weren't great enough, it's 100% free to apply and 100% open to anyone in the world. Apply here.     

Your Comment


Hey Jon, are you sure it's really a $15,000 grant? I saw your comment on the Olympic Canon Inventory article that you just like to make-up random numbers in your articles, so I just wanted to check. Seems like a dubious journalistic habit.

August 5, 2016 at 6:51AM


Redford runs various foundations, most broadly the Sundance Film Festival, which is presently occurring in Park City, Utah. He has long connections to the Bay Area, as well. His child, James, lives in Fairfax and his better half, the German craftsman from, Sibylie Szaggers, has had numerous shows here.

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